October 4 – December 31, 2019

Opening Reception and Artist TalkCIVA Squares-RELIT
October 4, 2019
Madison Gallery Night

Featuring the art of Maria Amalia Wood and Natalie Salminen Rude. The works of these artists re-engage forgotten artifacts, freshly showcasing and restoring their relevance for new audiences. Refreshments will be served. 

Curator’s Statement, Justin Eccles

“Grace has given me a chance to dance around.” The friend who wrote this lyric always lights up when he sings it – as if he’s having his own private moment of remembering where he’s come from and all God’s done for him. Grace has the power to do that. When we recall what we’ve been saved from, we experience the radiance of Christ. This show is titled ReLit because it reflects the renewing power that comes with remembering where we’ve been and who we are in light of the gospel of grace. Both Natalie and Maria use recollection as inspiration for their work. Time spent in the company of family, listening to their stories, richly informs Maria’s practice. Natalie’s work is infused by contemplation, commitment and the beauty of preserving the gifts of those who have gone before her. The pieces selected for ReLit exquisitely express a luminosity that is found in the transcendence of grace that marks their lives and their art. 


Natalie Salminen Rude
Natalie Salminen Rude is a visual artist and poet from Duluth, Minnesota. Working in oils and encaustic – an ancient medium that combines beeswax, pigment, resin and heat – her work explores and celebrates layered ideation, both physically and metaphorically. Poetry and text play a vital role in her practice. Salminen Rude maintains a brick and mortar studio and showroom, Studio Haiku, in Duluth’s upper Woodland neighborhood. She teaches encaustic workshops both locally and internationally, exhibits, and facilitates discussions on spirituality, the art of haiku, and what it means to live as an artist within the context of commitment, family, and the humble rhythms of life.


WOOD, Maria Amalia, Headshot

Maria Amalia Wood
Maria Amalia Wood was born and raised in Honduras, and currently maintains a studio in Madison, Wisconsin. Using textile processes and materials, she draws upon material culture, the natural environment, and the complexities of a life lived between Central America and the Midwestern United States. Working intuitively, Maria Amalia is committed to finding and sharing beautiful marks that refer to specific memories. Beyond the development of a personal studio practice, Maria intends to find ways of sharing her vision through socially engaged, artful collaborations in both Wisconsin and Honduras.